badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color with no head. Coffeeish aroma. Thin and watery body with a small chocolate taste. Not much to offer, but inoffensive.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Had it at Argoís Christmas party. Nasty stuff. I thought the butt joke was a joke. Itís no joke, it tastes like ass. I guess thatís the point.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong coffe and chocolate flavors, with some sweet alcohol warmth in the finish. Pretty good.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 With a name like this how could I not try it. Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thin black color with a small brown head. The aroma was dry chocolate and light hops. The flavor is dry, smoky and has strong dry chocolate notes. It is more thin and watery than I would have liked and I found the smokyness getting to me. Overall not really my style of beer in any regard.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a tan head, aroma is of light chocolate, rasins and sweet corn. Very smooth body with light carbonation. Starts and ends lightly sweet. Not that great of a porter, I think that Iím going to use the rest to cook some saugages.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: a full ebon countenance, with some ruby highlights peeking through the edges, with a smallish, grey/brown head.
Aroma: sweet and creamy, lightly spicy, roasty, very mellow and groovy, not as bitter as some porters, and in this case, thatís a plus.
Taste: hard to get a handle on this one. For a "holiday porter", nothing really sticks out as far as flavor. Minor dark fruits, small coffee notes, a hint of chocolate, ....medium bodied, light finish, leaves the palate easily and cleanly. Lingers just a little. An easy drinker, but the flavor makes no real impression. Itís really not clear what makes this more a "winter porter" than any other kind...
Useful for the punning name and amusing label, for sure, but itís yet another too-expensive English ale that canít hold a candle to porters brewed here in the U.S.A. Good enough beer, but $5 a bottle good? Afraid not.
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2005
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Bland, flat, dull. Iím shocked, this is not how a winter porter should taste. mild flavor of chocolate and licorice.
This is a very disappointing beer. probably wont be buying again
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft) Probably the blandest selection that Rich Oís Saturnalia has to offer. A bit of a chocolate smell and taste thatís followed up by a very water finish. Decent but not memorable at all.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy chocolate, butterscotch, and caramel aroma. Mocha head forms, but quickly fades away. Taste is coffee, smoke bacon. Pretty interesting brew, almost like a poor mans Stone Smoked Porter, thinner body, less chocolate, less hops, but still nice.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black with small brownish head. Not much nose, some sweet malt aroma (very faint). Initial sweet malt taste that fades quickly to a watery aftertaste. Not that bad, but not much character.